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a wide range of companies, from small businesses to major corporations. what can we do for you? >> and now, "bbc world news." >> dangerously high levels of radiation found at the fukushima plant. a reactor vessel could be damaged. after disagreement and days of talks, nato agrees to take over the no-fly zone over libya. >> tremorsal felt as far away as bangkok. welcome to "bbc world news." also in this program, anti-government protesters in yemeni prepare for what they say will be their biggest demonstration so far. and a jury in hong kong finds her -- finds a woman guilty of
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murdering her husband after poisoning his milk shake. >> hello, safety officials in japan shea they expect the reactor core may have been breached. it raises the possibility of more tadges in the environment. the test of the water at the plant's number three reactor showed contamination 10 times higher than normal levels. they say the cause is still being looked at. >> at this point, we do not consider we are facing a new situation. rather, the certain level of radioactive materials may have leaked, as i have always mentioned.
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and we are currently looking at whether the leakage is from the reactor or from other parts. and we need to exam the situation. >> let's go live to our correspondents in japan. one of the towns worst-affected. but first let's go to mark. the worries being caused by levels of radioactivety in water, they are talking about. >> that's right. what sparked this whole scare is the levels of radiation found in the water yesterday which harmed two of the workers who were struggling to reconnect the power supply to the vital systems in reactor number three, when it was found it was found contain 10,000 times the amount of normal radiation level and one that thread authorities here to say
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that there is possible damage to the reactor number three. key words to pick up on -- possible. no one's saying there definitely is damage. no one's saying whatever damage there is is definitely to the reactor core. they are stressing there are a number of other possibilities. the pools where the spent fuel rods are or a variety of the other parts of the reactor building, but needless to say, this appears to be a major setback. we already heard the setback yesterday will cause delays at the worker plant. and now they find themselves with a new priority. having to identify the precise source of this so they can ascertain what it is and how serious it is. >> not to frighten or panic people, but how are people respond thrg to yet more bad news? >> well, it's perhaps
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interesting that in the japanese media, this latest development is not being highlighted as much as it is in the foreign media. that might be a sign of the will not to panic people. 10 it's hard to gauge the reaction here. but it all comes as the general atmosphere is one of uncertainty. we've heard various indicators that radiation is certainly spreading in some ways. we've got the various food warnings for those produced in the vicinity of the plants then the tap water. people in tokyo told levels of radiation in tap water were double the safety limit for faints so those under the age of 1 were advised not to drink it. it is safe now we were told, but in other areas the level warnings have gone up. so no one can be sure what to think or can be sure what they
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are drinking is can be safe. so despite the japanese assurances, there's a level of worry. though it would be too far to say the worry is panic. >> thank you have. let's talk to our correspondent in one of the towns worst-affected. what's it like there two weeks after the day of this disaster? >> well, two weeks on they are building temporary homes. this is a school and this is the playground. the houses here can house 120 people, but here there are 1,000 people living in the school hall in blankets. some have tried to create some privacy for themselves by putting up chairs. so they are going to prioritize those who are elderly and then those with children and then
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the rest will be a name in a hat and see who gets the first built homes. >> what is next for all these displaced people? >> well, people if they go to the hill, they can look down on the town and see it's entirely flattened. washed away by the tsunami. not just people's homes but businesses as well. people are wondering what they are going to do in the long-term. people don't want to go back down there and people inside the hall in this school say neighbors have been getting together and discussing how they can recreate their neighborhood somewhere away from the sea, perhaps for? in the mountains, because they are afraid to go back. >> thank you very much. >> nato has agreed to take over control of the no-fly zone over libya. ambassadors meeting in brussels made the decision after several days of disagreement over
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nato's role in the operation. that military operation talk continued overnight. one of its planes launched an attack against a convoy that was going to attack civilians. matthew price reports. >> for days the military action against libya has continued. there's been rangeling. even arguments about who should be in charge of it. now nato has agreed to take control of the no-fly zone. it's expected to happen in the next day or two. but still, it is the u.s., the u.k. and france who remain in control of the military action to protect civilians in libya. in brussels, though, nato officials are trying to work out whether the organization might take full control of the entire operation. >> at this moment there will still be a coalition operation
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and a nato operation. but we are considering whether nato should take on that broader responsibility in acorns with the u.n. security council resolution, but that decision has not been made yet. >> down the road in the european council, leaders were also discussing libya. nicolas sarkozy said nato should take charge of the military side but added he want do so political control to remain in the hands of a coalition of nations. there are still concerns in some courses about a western military alliance leading an operation against a mul state. that's why this is taking a while to nut together and why wrangling is happening. >> and stay with us for our
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coverage from yemen and syria. ahead of friday prayers where protests are expected. more top stories around the world in this hour. in america a major wildfire is said to have spread against 660 -- of land. the blaze started on thursday afternoon and has been driven by stwroingeds. it has been contained mostly with helicopters dropping water. more than 8,000 people have been evacuated from their homes. guatemala has been standing, a woman announced she is divorcing her husband so she can run for the election. she said she was leaving the loving marriage for the sake of the nation.
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protesters and supporters of king abdullah have clashed in the capital of amman in one of the most violent incidents. several hundred jordanians have set up a protest camp demanding the resignation to have prime minister. they were attacked by royalists who threw rocks, injuring dozens of people. >> let's go to jewel yet with the business news. the e.u. summit agreed -- >> portugal maintained even though everybody else said they were next in line, they said no and said it's erroneous to compare them against others because they said we didn't have a problem bubble. if we did, -- what basically happened is you've got this agreement, if you like, between
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the european finance minister to twade amount of money that's being put into an international rescue fun which has gone up to 440 billion euros. that raises questions, because if you believe in the domino theory that if one falls, quite a few overs fall is 440 billion euros going to be enough, for spain, for example, if they actually got impacted by the sovereign debt crisis, again, there are questions in germany about paying the lion's share of the money, because the real concern there is they may be seen as the a.t.m. of the euro zone. but given they've got this money, the big question is does portugal take it or leave it? because even though their prime minister is there at the summit at the moment, he's still in the caretaker's facility, because they have not had this election. >> blackberry, what have they
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come up with? >> very good numbers, but the markets are not happy. they rose by 31%. research in motion, which makes the blackberry racked up some good sales but what suits investors is the future. they say you are doing the right thing, but what's your answer to the competition make a snl they said we've come up with the playbook. it's about half the size of the apple ipad and designed to work as a stand-alone tablet. it hits the american market on april 19, but will it punch a hole in apple's sales? i don't have a crystal ball. so i don't know. >> let's get more on the nato decision to enforce and take over the no-fly zone over libya. the military operations continued overnight.
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what significance has it had? >> well, actually, we just moved out of benghazi up the road to a place where we're just outside the city that is really the gateway to the west for the rebels behind me as they want to take control of it so they can then push on westward toward ultimately they say to tripoli. but it's a city that's surrounded at the moment by gaddafi forces both on this side and on the western side with a population there in the middle who are stuck there and running out, we're told, of food and water, and who have very little electricity. there were some air strikes overnight hitting some gaddafi forces who according to the r.a.f. threatening civilians and we know guided missiles were fired at them. even though, it's still a pretty active front line here, and we've seen and heard some
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shelling this morning from gaddafi forces. >> it's been around a week since that u.n. resolution went through. is it possible to assess the change it's made or direction it's taken on the ground overall? >> well, in benghazi, a week ago tomorrow, that was a city under huge threat from the gaddafi forces. they were steaming in, trying to take that city. and then just as the air strikes started, they hit those tanks and military vehicles going into benghazi and basically saved the city. there's not much doubt about that. in fact on the drive up here we see all those burned out tanks and vehicles from the gaddafi forces littering the road. it's very clear that that was a pretty precise attack in which the french war planes just took out all those vehicles and did terrific city of benghazi, but since then, the rebels haven't
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really been able to take advantage of the air strikes we've had since then, since the military advances on the grounched. it's pretty slow-going for the rebels who are not well armed. you can see by the anti-aircraft weapons behind me they don't have much weaponry or trained fighters. >> thank you so much. here on "bbc world news." still to come. as a special series, we look at how accurate the world's time zones really are. >> the syrian president has ordered the release of all people de contained during the recent unrest in the country. the move came soon after the syrian government said it would consider reform, including the possibility of ending emergency laws introduced in the 1960's. it also said it will exam ways
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to meet the legitimate demands of the people in the southern city where at least 25 protesters were shot dead by security forces wednesday. the bbc's correspondent talks to us. >> the call nationwide was addressed after the friday prayer. after noontime local here. we're expecting that the big change will take place in deraa. after the government's announcement yesterday, the situation definitely is different than nationwide, because there have been killings there, and people are fueled and angry about what happened. so we're waiting to go and heading to that area shortly to see what's the reaction there
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amongst people and what their reaction toward what the government has announced yesterday. >> indeed. what sense are you getting about what the government announced? do people believe this will actually be carried out? >> well, it's a bit of surprise but they are wondering if the words are going to be transferred into reality. there are doubts among people that the actual announcement of maybe canceling the state of emergency law could not take place, but people are setting hopes and waiting to see if the government will actually deliver their promises. >> you're with "bbc world news." the headlines this hour. the japanese operators of the damaged fukushima nuclear plant say its number three reactor
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vessels may be breached. after days of disagreement, nato agrees to take over responsibility from the united states for enforcing the no-fly zone over libya. more details are emerging of an earthquake which struck north earn burma. it's no now known more than 60 people have been killed. with a magnitude of 6.8. the bbc's correspondent is in bangkok where she felt earthquake tremor. >> yes. it was quite noticeable here in bangkok. specifically in the higher building. i spoke to some friends who were at ground level. they didn't feel very much. but anybody who was above about floor five or six definitely felt it. i was at a friend's apartment on the eighth floor, and that was swaying noticeably last night. so even this far away. we are more than seven
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kilometers from the epicenter, and it does show how powerful the earthquake was. initial reports suggested it was quite deep but now it's confirmed it was so shallow the closer the epicenter is to the surface, the more it is felt at the surface. so that now makes sense. >> protesters in yemen are preparing for what they say will be the biggest demonstration since their pro democracy protest began. also more than 50 protesters were shot dead in the capital of se anyway. of sanaa. >> they are protesting. this, the yemeni capital on thursday, where many aopponents of the president gathered to express their desire for him to go.
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>> this woman says her first and last demand is to make the president's regime fall. [shots fired] >> it scenes like these from last friday which have fueled this opposition. >> 52 people were shot dead while demonstrating in the main square. one week on the suggestion is following friday prayers protesters will again gather in large numbers. the focus of their ire is this man. in office since the late 1970's. following the protests that swept the arab world this winter, he has already offered concessions including resignation and a new election by the end of the year. >> there is no way whatsoever that the authorities and regime can push themselves into the hang man's noose. come for political dialogue and we will transfer peacefully by
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constitutional means. as if to show the division in the country, this was a pro government demonstration. t further of the crowds apparently -- the fervor of the crowds apparently genuine. the government is seen as a key partner with the united states in the fight against al qaeda. so the property of the president's political demise will be exercising the obama administration which means all eyes will be on sanaa after friday prayers. >> you're watching "bbc world news." let's catch up on the sports news of the world. the cricket cup. >> yes. another day, another cricket cup quarterfinal. the match was taking place right now. if it was anything like the match between india and australia, we are in for a real treat. they elected to bat first and they started pretty badly. lost their openers with just 16
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runs on the board but recovered slightly to 47 for two, that was a short while ago. the winner of that one will -- the other semifinal is between pakistan and india after india beat the world champion australia team, knocked them out of the tournament. here's a picture of ricky punting. hasn't scored a century in -- 104-118 balls. when he was out, he had just wondered whether australia scored enough runs. well, this is in the reply. saying their staff who hit a half century hit a wicket and saw india home. those are the winning runs, india set up that semifinal with pac park. that's why they are happy, the co-host to the semifinals. >> not pretty happy, australia. ricky got a century, but even
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that wasn't enough. >> yeah. when you score a century, you hope to be on the winning side. he was on the losing side. but they won the last three world cups. so many people feeling they had their time. >> thank you very much. >> now in an american whom who drugged her husband with a sedative-laced milk shake is being convicted of his murder after a retrial in her home. a mother of three won a new hearing into the 2003 killing after a previous murder conviction was quarterbacked due to legal errors. more from our correspondent anne marie in hong kong. tell us more about the background to this case. >> well, basically the case has been dubbed the middle sh shake murder. it was a case that when it first went to trial, it captivated or caught worldwide attention with sensational allegations of adultery and
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violence as it resulted in two books and a tv special. robert kissal was drugged with a milkshake and then beaten to death. she appealed three times before her conviction was overturned last year. it was the result of this retrial. obviously she was found guilty of murder today. but it was said she rolled up her husband's body in a carpet. left it for several days before hiring workmen to remove it and they told jurors they found a cocktail of drugs in his system. prosecutors allege she stood to gain up to $18 million with the death of her wealthy husband and said she planned to run away with the tv repair man. >> ann marie, thank you very much.
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for the latest from hong kong. >> in a special new series on the bbc, looking at time zones and the way they shape our lives. theater receiptically the world should be divided into 24 main time zones each differing from the last by an hour. but instead they are becoming more erratic. but if you want to divide the worblingsd it seems you need seat standing point which means sizing away from measuring time. as rebecka reports. >> the earth measuring time. we looked at the stars in places like place in greenwich, but astronomy no longer cuts it. >> by the 1960's it was realized the earth itself wasn't a perfect timekeeper. it speeds up and slows down in
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its rotation. >> timekeepers came up with the atomic clock. >> hello and welcome. >> see the news unfold, get the top stories from around the globe and click-to-play video reports. go to bbc.com/news to experience the in-depth, expert reporting of "bbc world news" online. >> funding was made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu. newman's own foundation. the john d. and catherine t. macarthur foundation. and union bank.
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